Whether you’ve been injured in an automobile collision or been harmed by using a product that you have bought and used, you are going to need an attorney on your side.
In the Atlanta area, there are many professionals available to you, to be sure. But it is important that you choose an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases and who has the compassion, zeal and experience for the job. Personal injury accidents can be emotionally and physically demanding and the last thing you need to worry about is whether your lawyer will be working hard enough to secure the damages that you are seeking.
It is necessary that you act quickly and wisely in selecting someone to represent you to help you receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, property damage and pain and suffering.
There are a seemingly endless number of lawyers who can represent someone and fight in court for their rights, but as a victim you need someone who takes your case as seriously as you do.
It may also be possible to secure punitive damages. Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are awarded in cases where the defendant is deemed to have acted especially egregious or has a track record of taking the types of actions that have led to your personal injury. They are typically awarded by judges and juries.
With important compensation at stake, it is necessary that you secure the right attorney. Here are some tips for finding a good personal injury attorney:
-Ask for a referral from another lawyer you trust, from a friend or from a membership organization or state bar association.
-Make sure you interview your attorney during the initial consultation. Ask about his or her experience, whether or not the case will be taken on a contingent fee basis, whether he or she will be personally working on the case, how often you will receive progress updates on your case and anything else you need to know that will make you feel more comfortable with him or her.
-Select an attorney who specializes in your type of personal injury case. The more specific experience, the better.
-Ask for a written retainer agreement.
Robert Webb is an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with Webb & D’Orazio, a law firm specializing in Atlanta personal injury, malpractice, criminal defense, and business law. Learn more at Webbdorazio.com.